Colorado Driver License and Permit Practice Tests

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#1. When the driver is 18 years of age or older, adult passengers in a car must always wear seat belts:

The safety belt law requires that a fastened safety belt must be worn by the driver and every front seat passenger. Children between the ages of 8 and 16 must wear safety belts no matter where they sit.

When the driver is under the age of 18, back seat passengers must also wear a safety belts.

Even when the law requires only front seat passengers to wear safety belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.

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#2. Which is true about alcohol?

Remember, alcohol is a depressant, it slows you down.

Alcohol is a depressant drug that affects the central nervous system which affects the brain. It slows reflexes and reaction times while reducing the ability to make split second decisions necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle.

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#3. When a school bus is displaying overhead amber warning lights, it tells you:

When a school bus is about to stop and load or unload children, the bus driver activates amber warning lights. The amber warning lights will stay on until the bus door opens.

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#4. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

A Crossbuck sign should be treated the same as a yield sign. If there is more than one track, a sign below the crossbuck indicates the number of tracks at this crossing.

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#5. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you should:

When driving, you should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under all conditions. Pedestrians must be given the right-of-way at all intersections and crosswalks. Drivers must come to a complete stop and let the person pass safely. Be particularly watchful for children, elderly and blind persons.

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#6. Proof of liability insurance is needed:

Evidence of insurance includes the insurance company, policy number, date of expiration and vehicle covered, and must be in your motor vehicle while in operation.

Should you be stopped by a police officer, if you do not have evidence of insurance in your vehicle and you are not listed in the database as having insurance, your license is subject to confiscation and suspension.

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#7. A Colorado instruction permit expires after:

An instruction permit expires 3 years after issuance.

Adults do not have to hold an instruction permit for any required amount of time but do have to first purchase an instruction permit before taking a drive test.

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#8. When driving down a steep hill, do not:

Use a lower gear to control speeds while going up or down long, steep hills. Do not coast downhill by shifting into neutral or disengaging the clutch.

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#9. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road.

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#10. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a multi-lane roadway, you must:

On a roadway with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, if you are approaching an emergency vehicle that has stopped along the side of the road, when possible you must leave at least one lane between your vehicle and the emergency vehicle by changing lanes

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#11. A large truck is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:

Because of their size trucks often need to move to the left lane to make right turns (the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels). Cutting in between the truck and the curb or shoulder increases the possibility of a crash.

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#12. When can you drive faster than the posted speed limit?

You must comply with speed limits. Almost half of the fatal accidents on Colorado highways involve excessive speed.

You should also remember that the maximum limits are for ideal conditions and you must reduce your speed when conditions require it.

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#13. When entering a freeway, it is wrong to:

Never insist on the right of way.

Remember, you must yield the right of way to the traffic already on the freeway.

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#14. In winter, streets and highways are most hazardous:

Streets and highways covered with snow, snowpack or ice are extremely hazardous. They are most hazardous when the snow or ice begins to melt. The slush or wet surface acts as a lubricant and traction is reduced.

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#15. When approaching another vehicle from behind at night, at what distance should you dim your headlights?

When following another vehicle, you must use your low beam lights, if you are within 200 feet of the vehicle ahead of you.

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#16. Which will help reduce the risk of neck injury in a collision?

Head restraints are designed to prevent neck injuries should your vehicle be struck from behind. Head restraints should be adjusted so the head restraint touches the back of your head.

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#17. If your vehicle has an antilock braking system (ABS) and you need to stop quickly:

The ABS system allows you to stop without skidding. Press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. Do not let up on the brake pedal.

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#18. What do the red areas (3) in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas around your vehicle that you cannot see in your rear view or side view mirrors.

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#19. When a traffic signal is showing a steady red light:

Stop until a green light appears.

After stopping and yielding to pedestrians and other traffic, and if not prohibited by a traffic sign, you may turn right while the light is red. Also, you may turn left on a red light if you are turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street, unless prohibited by a sign.

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#20. Pavement markings with a white diamond mean:

Restricted lanes are marked by signs or pavement markings stating that the lane is restricted for special use. There will be a white diamond painted on the road within the lane, and/or a sign posted at the side of the road which specifies its use. The most common use is High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lanes. Other examples are transit, bus, or bicycle lanes.

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#21. If you drive past this sign:

Wrong Way. The sign prohibits drivers from heading the wrong way on a one-way street or freeway ramp. If you drive past this sign, you have entered a lane of oncoming traffic and are going against traffic. Do not continue.

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#22. What does this sign mean?

Divided Highway Begins. The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.

Note the difference between divided highway ends and divided highway begins.

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#23. What does this sign mean?

Side Road Ahead sign. It tells you that there is an intersection ahead. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.

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#24. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the marked stop line or, if none, at the point just before the intersecting street. If there is a crosswalk, you must come to a complete stop before entering it. You may proceed only after yielding to all pedestrians and vehicles.

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#25. Which background color is used on road signs that give distance and direction guidance?

Guide signs have a green background and provide directional and mileage information to specific destinations.

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Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your Colorado driver license and permit test:

Number of Questions: 25
Correct answers needed: 20
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: None
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Prepare for the Colorado Permit Examination

The permit examination has 25 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the examination (80%).

Your test questions are randomly picked from a larger group of questions, which means that you don’t know which questions you will get. The more you practice, the better chances you have of passing the test the first time.

If you fail the knowledge examination, you can try again the next business day. With just minor errors, that may be an acceptable strategy, but having 6 or more errors on the test means you missed a large portion of the exam. It is perhaps better to wait a few more days and read the Driver Handbook again.

Everything you need to learn for the exam is in the handbook, so don’t forget to get a hard copy or download the PDF file   to your computer or smartphone.

This Colorado driver license test has 25 questions, just like the real permit exam. It covers everything you need to learn to pass.

Practice tests should always be an additional learning tool when preparing for the permit test, not a replacement for the handbook. Some websites suggest that you can pass the test by just studying practice tests and cheat sheets, which is a bad strategy. Use both sample tests and the handbook, and you will have a much better chance of passing your examination the first time.

Read more about risky study tactics that could cause you to fail

Is the Colorado DMV Permit Test Hard?

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The latest numbers show that almost one third of all test takers fail the examination. It means that the difficulty is moderate to hard.

It is, however, suggested that the test has become easier in recent years.

Colorado Instruction Permit – Under 18 years

These are the requirements to get your first permit as a teenager:

  Be at least 15 years
  Present a completed “Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship”
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

  Additional Requirements for permit issuance at 15 years to 16 years:

Permit issued at 15-15 1/2 years, license at 16-16 1/2 years:

  • 30-hour driver’s education course completed within six months prior to permit issuance
  • 6 hours behind the wheel training with an instructor after permit issuance

Permit issued at 15 1/2-16 years, license at 16 1/2-17 years:

  • 4-hour classroom driver awareness program completed within six months prior to permit issuance



Colorado Instruction Permit – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first permit as an adult:

  Be at least 18 years
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

After You Pass the Knowledge Examination

After you have provided the necessary documents and passed both the vision exam and the knowledge test, you may start practice driving.

If you are under 18 years, you can drive with a licensed driving instructor or any licensed adult 21 years or older. You must complete and log 50 hours of driving time, of which 10 hours must be at night. Note that only the person who sign the affidavit can certify your driving log.

Your First Colorado Driver License – Under 18 Years

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado driver license as a teenager:

  Hold your permit for at least 1 year
  Provide a certified log of at least 50 hours driving practice
  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

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Your First Colorado Driver License – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado license as an adult:

  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

If you are 18 years or older, there is no minimum time you must hold your permit before you can apply for a driver license.

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